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Jackie Jorgensen, the Eagles Abroad marketing intern, writes:


I never knew 23 days could change my life; in just 23 days my perspective on this world was greatly enriched. After seeing New Zealand and Australia, I’m not sure how the world could ever get any more incredible. These countries offer vast jaw-dropping landscapes, and a beautiful culture centered on sustainability.


My name is Jackie Jorgensen, and I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  This winter I went on the Eagles Abroad Sustainable Business program to New Zealand and Sydney and this year I am the new marketing intern back at UWL.


New Zealand opened my eyes to treating our planet with the care and respect it deserves.  Never in my life have I seen such clear blue waters, luscious greenery, and clean streets.  Growing up in Milwaukee, I have been exposed to the city pollution, and carelessness for the streets.  It was extremely refreshing to be exposed to a culture that takes such care of their environment.


While abroad our group completed several incredible hikes such as Aoraki/Mt.Cook and the Routeburn Track, we went sea kayaking, freely explored foreign cities, and dedicated a few days to a home-stay where I was placed with an incredible woman from the United Kingdom. A major highlight was traveling to the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura, where we were able to swim with about 400 wild dusky dolphins!


Jan 16 167Alongside our adventuring and traveling, we also heard about concepts of sustainability from some truly inspiring Kiwi and Australian businessmen. They spoke about methods to leave less of an environmental footprint while still reeling in a solid profit.  It was truly refreshing to hear a non-Americanized business perspective.


New Zealanders truly value their land and society, which I found to be incredibly admirable.  Sustainable business is something every country needs to focus on and with this experience behind me; in the future I hope to be able to make a difference in how the citizens of the world do business.


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Adam Carron, the Buckeyes Abroad marketing intern, writes:

Figuring out how to avoid breaking the bank while studying abroad can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to food! However, I found that there are some strategies to limit this expense and put that money toward something much more interesting, such as a Shotover Jet ride in Queenstown!  Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

  1. Pack convenient snacks from home: Consider your staple foods that you have at home that would be beneficial to have while overseas. For example, think about granola bars and crackers that make easy, convenient snacks. Ensure you check local customs regulations for importing food. In particular, Australian and New Zealand customs regulations can be quite strict and you always need to declare any food items. After checking policies, then pack as many of these items as you can because they typically cost more, especially in Australia and New Zealand, but make delicious and cheap snacks that can substitute for lunches.
  1. Plan your meals in advance: Throughout your program, make sure to plan your meals to avoid impulse purchases that are simply convenient. Decide where you will be going for lunch or dinner and give yourself a budget so that you do not settle on a more expensive meal than you planned.

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  1. Head to the grocery store: Find time to visit to a local grocery store and purchase food with the intention of making your own meals whenever they aren’t provided with the group. For lunch, you can buy cheap sandwich makings that last several days and can still be delicious with a little bit of preparation. Making your own lunch provides flexibility when you are out hiking for the day and is much cheaper than a local café. For dinner, basic meals like pasta or burgers are inexpensive yet filling options. Plus, cooking dinner with your classmates can provide a unique bonding experience.

By following these simple and economical steps you should be able to save money overall or simply save up for a fancy dinner with friends or an adventurous activity on your free day! Utilizing some of these suggestions will help you stay under your food budget and prevent unnecessary stress when you are enjoying your study abroad experience.

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Joe Bagazinski, 2014-15 New Zealand and Sydney Sustainable Business student blogger, writes:

IMG_167570582499439Hi everyone! My name is Joe Bagazinski; I am a senior marketing student from the University of North Texas.

Nine months ago I was casually sitting in my Marketing Foundations course when an opportunity to do a Wintermester abroad in New Zealand and Australia was presented to us.

“Well, I don’t have anything better to do…”

Those words have become a motto for me. Many students pass up the opportunity to study abroad because of time, money or an assortment of other reasons. Despite having to navigate some challenges, I decided that I was not going to be one of those students. I want to see the world, and this will be my first step.

Often, the question is “Why should I do this?” but I consider that to be the wrong way to look at experiences. If you don’t have anything better to do, go do it, or ask yourself “Is there a good reason NOT to do it?”

Next week students from UNT and the University of Montana will be heading to New Zealand and Sydney on AUIP’s Sustainable Business Program – and I am one of them!

Hopefully following my posts on this blog will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table in New Zealand and Sydney as I write my posts. I plan on having plenty of pictures to share as well as a video or two documenting the days I spend abroad. From the extreme sports hub of Queenstown to recovering Christchurch and from windy Wellington to the cultural mecca that is Sydney, I’m excited to see what the world down under has in store for me.

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Thomas Koller, the Lions Abroad marketing intern, writes:

When people ask me about my experience studying abroad in Fiji and North Queensland and Sydney, I hesitate. I hesitate not because I did not enjoy the experience (this would be a complete and utter lie); I hesitate because their question conjures feelings of joy, excitement, euphoria, bliss, and exhilaration.


I immediately envision those breath-taking Fijian sunrises, the welcoming Votua Village, the boat rides along Fijian islands seeing the quintessential blue seas, the nights we gazed for hours at the clearest night sky, the little hot peppers that look harmless but leave your mouth begging for water even after gulping two bottles, the sunset over the Australian Outback, the sea turtle I swam with on the Great Barrier Reef, the true friends I made, the genuine people I met, and the perspectives to which the trip has opened my mind.

Maybe a better question to ask is something more direct. For example, “What did you do on the Great Barrier Reef?” Now this I can handle. On the Great Barrier Reef, my fellow students and I snorkeled for three days learning from local marine biologists about the health and future of the reef. The first day (being an introductory lesson to snorkeling) marked one of the most monumental days in my life, and here is why.

There is something mysterious—almost spooky—about the open ocean. It plays with the human desire of exploration of the unknown. We were sitting on the stern of the boat, fourteen kilometers offshore, flippers and masks on, ready to see the largest living organism on the planet. There is no explanation for the emotions I was feeling. We were given the signal to enter the sea and meet our finned friends and with no hesitation, I dove right in.

It took a few minutes of swimming to realize that I was hyperventilating and needed to control my breathing. I finally grasped my bearings and decided to free dive. During my first plunge a few meters under the water to say hello to a bumphead parrotfish munching down on some coral, I looked back up at the surface. And something special happened. There was a feeling of weightlessness. You know when you reach the peak of the roller coaster and begin to drop down the highest peak? Yeah, that feeling. The adrenaline only felt during those moments of euphoria. I saw the rays of sun beaming through the surface and onto the coral. I slowly floated back to the surface while saturating myself in the experience. And as I felt the gentle waves lift me up and down, I then understood—on a level unattainable in a classroom—the importance of interconnectivity, interpersonal relationships, and appreciation of the world we live in.

IMG_0461I understand the importance of learning in a classroom or reading a textbook or conducting controlled experiments in a lab. But I also think that everyone needs to apply knowledge taught in the classroom to the world we live in. In this way we can all reach the deeper understanding only attained from real life experiences and travel.

As humans, we cannot be ignorant enough to live in one place our entire lives and expect to grow to our full potential. Travel opens our minds to new perspectives and helps us go beyond our current capacity of appreciation while achieving a new level of comprehension.

So if you approach me and ask, “How was your program?” you may need to give me a few moments to reminisce and realize, yet again, how metamorphic the experience was. I urge you to experience study abroad for yourself. Stretch the limits of comprehension and open new perspectives never seen before.

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As AUIP Maymester and summer programs quickly approach, our student blogging program is accepting applications. If you’re a student with a passion for writing, photography or videography, or just simply enjoy sharing your experiences with a vast audience, then we encourage you to apply.

AUIP will select student bloggers for each destination in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand as a way for you to voice your international education opportunity to people interested in study abroad and Oceania. No prior knowledge of blogging is required.

As a blogger, you could write about all the friends you make Down Under!

As a blogger, you could write about all the friends you make Down Under!

Full details on the blogging role entail:

Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled on an AUIP 2014 program with one of our partner institutions in the United States.

Commitment: The commitment is to write a blog at least once before departure and then one time per week for the duration of your study program and also to create at least one video blog within two months of returning to the United States.

Application Process: Interested students should complete the 2014 AUIP Student Blog Application and AUIP Student Blog Contract by May 2, 2014. Faculty advisors at our partner institutions will likely have emailed this to students already. Selected bloggers will receive further guidance and support during their blogging.If you need a copy of the materials, email eleanor@auip.com.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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Devan Crane, the Pirates Abroad marketing intern, writes:

ECU/Clemson 2013Many people know a few common phrases from the long lists of Australian lingo, such as “G’day” meaning “hello,” but you may not realize how different some phrases really are. After being immersed into the lingo during my North Queensland program, I picked up some vocabulary that I heard frequently and tried bringing it back to the States. Most people are very confused when I try to use these words, but it is one fun thing I brought back from my trip to Australia and keeps the memory alive. Here are a few of my favorites. Test your knowledge and see how many you might know!

Brekky: breakfast

Bushie: someone who lives in the Bush (Outback)

Chemist: drug store

Dunny: outside lavatory

Fair go: a chance (“give a bloke a fair go”)

Joey: baby kangaroo

Jumper: pull-over sweater

Kangaroos loose in the top paddock: intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”)

Macca’s: McDonald’s

Mate: buddy, friend

Mozzie: mosquito

No worries: no problem

Pie: meat pot pie on the go…it is delicious

Sunnies: sunglasses

Ta: thanks

Tea: dinner

Thongs: cheap rubber flip-flops

Uni: university

Even though there was no language barrier, learning the lingo made me feel more incorporated into the local culture. Plus, Australians love to listen to Americans, or any other visitors for that matter, try to use their lingo. While I was in Cairns at the program’s end, I met people from all over the world. Sitting down and talking to them helped me realize that the world is a much bigger place than I’d imagined and that there are millions and millions of people out there that I haven’t met yet. Many more lingos await my international travels!

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Michaela Mills, the Tigers Abroad marketing intern, writes:

As a business major, I often hear classmates in my major saying studying abroad is not beneficial for them or maybe not even possible. However in reality, these days more and more employers, especially in the business arena, are searching for prospects with a global viewpoint, international experience and even the understanding of other cultures.

Michaela, a business major, having fun whilst learning in Australia

Michaela, a business major, having fun whilst learning in Australia

When you study abroad, you immerse yourself into another country’s culture and learn how to adapt to living in that different culture. This is helpful for business majors because you are going to be dealing with so many different types of people. No matter what sort of business you work in, you will have to learn to adapt to your clients and what they need from you to have a successful experience. You experience this through studying abroad more than when you just travel because you are living and working with different people constantly. A great example is the farmstay; you are actually living with Australians and experiencing their daily routines.

Another obvious bonus of studying abroad is academic credit. Even though it might be difficult to find programs with business course credits you need for graduation, there is almost always a way to transfer credits for another requirement. Business majors usually need an international study credit or electives from studying abroad. The AUIP programs are great for this purpose because they are hands-on experiences and already in your school’s course credits making for easy course substitution.

Studying abroad also helps you break out of your academic routine. Taking a full semester of only business courses can become monotonous and boring. However with these programs, learning becomes fun again because you’re constantly interactively learning, not sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures like most on-campus courses.

Most AUIP programs occur over the summer, an ideal time so as to not spend an entire semester abroad and potentially reduce some of your semester course load without affecting your graduation date. Many business majors feel the need to spend summers interning somewhere. Thankfully with AUIP’s short-term programs, you still have a nice chunk of your summer remaining and you can find a business that will accommodate your internship start date.

There is always a way for any major to study aboard and it is beneficial for everyone. It’s a great experience that helps you and your resume grow. Just research your program and credit options, talk to your academic advisor, find the program that works for you and be on your way abroad.

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